Graduates of our program will be able to function as highly trained primary oral healthcare providers, demonstrate compassionate care for a diverse population, and show technical competency of multidisciplinary dental treatment modalities. Specifically, graduates of this program will:
- Demonstrate the ability to develop a comprehensive, definitive treatment plan or limited treatment plan that considers a patient's chief complaint, disease condition, and medical presentation, leading to a state of esthetics, function and oral health.
- Act as a multidisciplinary team member to provide high-quality and sophisticated dental care for patients, including those with special needs.
- Use didactic knowledge, technology and scientific evidence to guide oral healthcare decisions, emphasizing best practices, outcomes assessment and preventive care.
- Demonstrate positive and ethical relationships with patients, peers, staff and programs.
- Engage in community service.
First-Year Clinical Competencies
Providing Primary Oral Health Care
- Provide episodic and comprehensive multidisciplinary oral health care that the general dentist coordinates.
- Understand and obtain informed consent.
- Treat patients who present with a wide variety of acute and chronic systemic disorders and social difficulties, including patients with special needs.
- Promote oral health through disease prevention activities.
- Maintain a patient record system that facilitates the retrieval and analysis of the process and outcomes of patient treatment.
- Obtain and interpret relevant clinical data to develop a logical, sequenced and comprehensive treatment plan to restore patients' health, function and esthetics.
- Practice and promote ethical principles of dentistry in relation to patients, colleagues, institutions and staff.
- Treat patients efficiently in a dental healthcare setting.
- Provide compassionate service to the community with empathy towards others, especially patients with limited access to oral health care.
- Use effective sterilization techniques, workplace controls and other universal precautions to prevent the spread of disease in the health care setting.
- Evaluate outcomes of treatment to develop a prognosis and plan for long-term oral health.
Restoration of Teeth
- Provide direct and indirect restorations for single teeth, using a variety of functionally acceptable materials and techniques.
- Understand the materials used to fabricate dental restorations.
- Restore endodontically treated teeth.
- Use clinical data to develop an appropriate diagnosis and prognosis of the periodontium and develop an intervention plan when necessary.
- Treat patients presenting with mild and moderate periodontal disease using non-surgical interventions.
- Manage severe periodontitis patients.
- Provide adjunctive periodontal soft/hard tissue procedures to improve periodontal health, enhance esthetics, or facilitate restorative procedures.
- Evaluate the results of periodontal treatment to establish/monitor a periodontal maintenance program.
- Treat anterior and posterior teeth with endodontic therapy.
- Use relevant clinical information to test and diagnose teeth demonstrating pulpal pathology.
- Manage complex endodontic complications.
- Demonstrate proficiency in exodontia.
- Manage or treat patients with orofacial pain and infections.
- Manage postoperative pain with appropriate pharmacological approaches.
- Identify and manage soft tissue lesions and pathology.
- Manage temporomandibular disorders and other facial pain disorders.
- Treat or manage patients demonstrating complications from oral surgery.
- Be familiar with techniques to manage patients with traumatic injuries to the face or dentition.
- Be familiar with the diagnosis and management of oral mucosal diseases and soft tissue biopsy.
Evaluation and Treatment of Emergencies
- Perform limited evaluation exams to collect clinical information and diagnose causes of dental pain.
- Anticipate, diagnose and provide initial treatment and follow-up management for medical emergencies that may occur during dental treatment.
- Prevent emergencies through coordination and communication with physicians and other healthcare providers to understand patient medical conditions and suitability for dental care.
Pain and Anxiety Control
- Use nitrous oxide to alleviate anxiety during patient care.
- Use parenteral moderate sedation to alleviate anxiety during patient care.
- Use other pain control and anxiety relief methods, such as local anesthesia, behavior management techniques and communication skills.
- Perform medical, social and dental history reviews and physical exams to identify and manage patients with complex medical presentations.
Managing the Edentulous Space
- Treat patients with complete and partial removable dentures.
- Use dental laboratories to develop fixed and removable indirect restorations; communicate effectively with these laboratories.
- Place single implants in abundant bone.
- Restore dental implants to provide function and esthetics for patients.
- Use site development techniques to preserve and restore anatomic bone contours.
In addition to the first-year competencies, successful graduates will demonstrate the following additional competencies.
- Perform dental procedures to develop adequate bone for implant placement in jaws deficient in width and height.
- Communicate professionally to the dental community regarding original research or focused literature review findings that promote and further dentistry practice.
Minimum Clinical Expectations
While our program is competency-based, educators recommend several foundational exercises to display and document clinical competencies adequately. Please find the minimum number of cases expected below.
Clinical Item or Procedure
|Soft tissue surgery (including implant uncovery)||2|
|Implant site development||2|
|Implant restoration, crown||5|
|Implant restoration, overdenture||2|
Clinical Item or Procedure
|Site development for implants|
|Ridge width augmentation||2|
|Autogenous bone harvest||2|